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Where will Baby Boomers live?

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Roughly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day.  Born between 1946 and 1964, there are an estimated 72 Million American baby boomers, all considering how to age and where. 

In a new book “Unassisted Living:  Ageless Homes for Later Life” (Monacelli Press; $45) Wid Chapman, Architect, and Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld, a gerontologist specializing in the relationship between aging and the built environment collected 33 examples of residences that have been designed to bridge the distance between ‘one’s vital and declining years’.

Design features such as lack of thresholds at doors, surfaces that diffuse sunlight and accessible bathrooms and showers all contribute to a house suitable for aging.  Almost minimalist by design, the less-cluttered, more open pathways and fewer places to slip or bump into furniture are key.   By removing tripping hazards and streamlining the design, accessibility is achieved.

Today’s baby boomers want to remain independent as long as possible.  The whole idea of retirement is changing.  Technology allows people to combine leisure and work from a remote setting.  Gone is the idea of going south at a specified age.  Connection to family, grandchildren, parents are keeping people in one area rather than becoming snow birds and migrating south.


From New York Times article on November 24, 2011 by Julie Lasky

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In The News

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 11/30/11:  From The Real Deal:  November Rents in Manhattan, Brooklyn avoid seasonal drop:  “Despite the seasonal cooling of the residential rental market come the winter months, Manhattan rents barely flinched, according to a Manhattan rental market report released today by MNS, as prices dropped just 0.2 percent in November compared to the prior month. The rental market in Brooklyn showed similar strength, according to another report from the brokerage.”  Read more about it at The Real Deal

12/3/11:  From the New York Times:  Taking the Tiny House Movement Tinier:  “Glenn Grassi used his skills as a set designer in the construction of his portable 84-square-foot microhome, trying to maximize the space available. Read more about it in the New York Times  

12/4/11:  From the New York Times:  Higher Loan Limits, Again for Pricey Markets:  “Less than two months after lowering the maximum loan amount that could be backed by the Federal Housing Administration, lawmakers in Washington reversed course just before the Thanksgiving holiday and once again raised that limit, offering home buyers more financing options in a tight credit market”.  Read more about it in the New York Times 

12/4/11:  From the New York Times:  Help with a Down Payment:  “The biggest barrier to buying a home these days is saving for the down payment, according to a survey released in September by Trulia.  The best holiday gift some people might receive would be help with the down payment.“  Read more about it in the New York Times

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